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Delaine and Lindy
04-19-2008, 04:16 PM
For the one's who haven't opened up the basement wall, if you have you seen pipes and lines going every which way. I had remounted the in-house Vac system, it wasn't mounted properly. However we just returned form the dealership and was in the process of flushing the black tank and for some reason water was leaking from behind the wall. Took the was down and located the water leak. Looked like a very easy repair (wrong) Heartland use's cinch clamps on all water lines. And I had no Pex cinch clamp fastening tool. I have now, there are dozens of those clamps in you 5er. I did try a hose clamp (made in China worthless). So went to Lowes and purchased the Pex cinch Camp fastening tool made by Appolo. Took about 2 seconds to repair water leak. The tool is expensive, but when you are traveling and not near a dealership it will save you butt. My other 5er had a manifold system were you could turn on different lines. Heartland should have kept that option:mad:. But if your near us we will help fix your water leak. GBY..........

04-20-2008, 02:48 PM
Ditto here! I bought one of those tools at Lowe's to do some plumbing line mods on the Cyclone. I'll have it with me for anyone's use! I think I paid $84 for it.

04-28-2008, 01:09 AM
Wow! Where were you guys with this tool when I needed it? Had a couple of leaking lines I had to repair and ended up actually filing them off by hand! Had I known about this tool there was a Home Depot about 3 blocks away. Oh well it was an experience
I don't hope to duplicate soon! Replaced the original clamps with gear type ones you can tighten and remove with a nut driver! So far so good!


Delaine and Lindy
04-28-2008, 07:03 AM
Well my leak was on the Sante Flush water line and the Gear driven type clamps would not work. Of course the clamps I had were made in China, so they weren't any good. GBY...

04-28-2008, 10:42 PM
I can guarantee you that no clamp will work on pex pipe. Only the crimper works but they are expensive to buy (just in case)

04-29-2008, 06:56 AM
Wow...that's odd...Pex connections almost never leak! The only leaks we've experience were in threaded connections and simply required tightening...guess we've been lucky.

Might consider investing in the Pex crimper just in case!!!

Forrest Fetherolf
04-29-2008, 11:38 AM
I can guarantee you that no clamp will work on pex pipe. Only the crimper works but they are expensive to buy (just in case)

I have replaced crimp hose clamps with geared clamps many times, they do work. The secret is to use a good quality heavy duty type, if necessary. I carry different sizes in the RV, just in case, along with duct tape and a spool of wire, etc.


04-30-2008, 05:35 PM
I've used the Pocket Pex Crimper with success. It's only $40.00 and actually is easier to use than the full sized one...http://www.mobilehomerepair.com/Order3.html#pex

05-04-2008, 09:53 PM
A neat repair item is the "Sharkbite". Available in Home depot . It will join pex to copper or cpvc or pex.. Mfg by Cash Acme and certyified forbehind wall use
looks like this http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Brands/SharkBite/237
I have a few in the stick built house and they work like a champ

05-05-2008, 10:03 AM
Thanks, phranc! Good info.

06-18-2008, 08:49 PM
When we picked up 3670RL we noticed a a small leak coming from behind the basement wall, it was a simple fix (don't remember exactley what it was now,lol). But I figured that I would have to be back in there again before too long for one thing or another and the wall was a pain to take out, reallly poor design there, in fact the only real support was the plywood resting on the central vac. So any way I made a door out of it by putting on a piano hinge and a couple of hasps. Now it's real easy to get access to the plumbing. Also installed a .50 bracket to take the weight off of the central vac.

06-18-2008, 09:58 PM
How about some pictures.. I want to do the same thing.. I need to reposition my vacuum. The connection contacts have a bit of a problem making proper connection.


06-20-2008, 06:35 AM
And this is why we sell Rescue Tape...He He!!;) Makes a virtually permanent repair in this type of situation...

06-20-2008, 09:14 AM
Hey TXBobcat, here are some pics of hinge & bracket. Hope this helps. I may add a brace at the bottom, behind the wall, yet, not sure thought. I may also attempt to straighten out the rats nest of wiring, plumbing, etc. back there. I saw it in another post and looked real nice. I just have to muster up the energy for that endeavor.......lol :D

06-20-2008, 09:24 AM
Nice mod kashman. May have to consider implementing that one myself, if you don't mind LOL

06-20-2008, 11:23 AM
Nice job kashman. Thanks for sharing.

Guys, take a look also at what Rick Larsen (fivernine) did for his. Not sure if he has pics up of it now but I am sure he will share them.